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Ahmed Fouad Negm

Ahmed Fouad Negm (1929–2013) was one of Egypt’s most popular poets. The first poet to write in colloquial Egyptian, he was known for his satiric verses mocking rulers and others in power. In the 1960s he collaborated with Sheikh Imam Eissa, a composer and oud player, who set Negm's verses to music.

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